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Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment

Chad Keck
Vice Chairman

Telephone: (650) 561-2222

Chad Keck joined Needham & Company in 1991. He has taken an active role in developing the firm's business in Asia and in the Alternative Energy Sector, particularly solar. Since opening the Menlo Park office in 1991, he has been involved in over 100 transactions, including 30 initial public offerings. Prior to joining Needham, he was a managing director and head of Prudential Bache's San Francisco Investment Banking Group. Other investment banking experience includes three years in First Boston's Technology Group and founding and co-heading Smith Barney's Technology Financing Group. Chad became Vice Chairman of Needham & Company, LLC in December 2005. He works with a broad cross-section of the firm's clients, particularly in the semiconductor sector. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Gunjeet Baweja
Managing Director, Co-Head of Mergers & Acquisitions

Telephone: (650) 561-2236

Gunjeet Baweja joined Needham & Company in 2007 and currently heads West Coast M&A. Since joining Needham in 2007, Gunjeet has completed over one hundred transactions including complex M&A sell-side and buy-side advisory assignments for public and private companies. Gunjeet has transaction execution expertise and deep domain technology knowledge gained over 18 years of experience in investment banking and high-technology. Gunjeet started his investment banking career at SoundView in 2000, and then at Instream Partners, working on transactions in the technology space. For seven years prior to that, he worked at Intel Corporation, where he held positions in strategic marketing and microprocessor design. Gunjeet holds ten patents from his work in design at Intel. He received his BE in Electronics Engineering from M.S. University, India, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and graduated with Highest Distinction, Beta Gamma Sigma, from University of California, Berkeley, with an MBA, concentration in finance.

Jack Higgins
Managing Director, Co-Head Boston Investment Banking

Telephone: (617) 457-0916

Jack Higgins joined Needham & Company in 2007 and is a Managing Director in the technology investment banking group. He has extensive experience advising private and public semiconductor, materials and industrial technology companies on equity financings and M&A advisory assignments. Previously, Jack was a senior banker at Janney Montgomery Scott for the firm’s information technology security effort. Prior to joining Janney, he spent four years with Adams Harkness, working in the semiconductor device and communications technology banking groups. Prior to working at Adams Harkness, Jack worked at Genuity (GTE Internetworking) in product management. He graduated from Colby College and received his MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management.

James King
Managing Director, Head of West Coast Investment Banking

Telephone: (650) 561-1242

Jim King joined Needham & Company in 1993. Jim currently heads Needham’s activities related to Solar and Semiconductor Capital Equipment. While at Needham & Company, he has been responsible for the execution of over 50 equity financings and advisory transactions worth over $3 billion for technology companies. Additionally, Jim has significant technology operations and business strategy experience, working in strategic marketing at Silicon Graphics, in enterprise sales for a start-up software company and serving for three years as CEO of a demand chain software company he founded.  Jim holds an AB in Quantitative Economics and an MBA, both from Stanford University.

Helen Li

Helen Li
Managing Director, Head of China Investment Banking

Telephone: (650) 561-2227

Helen Li joined Needham & Company in 2011, with a primary focus on technology-focused banking and the Firm’s China practice. Since joining Needham, Helen has completed over twenty transactions, including complex M&A advisory assignments for cross-border public and private companies and public and private financings. Prior to Needham, she worked for over 7 years in the semiconductor industry, serving in multiple roles including R&D, technical marketing and strategic sales at Micron Technology, Marvell Semiconductor and InvenSense. She also worked for top tier China VC firms, Qiming Ventures and Gobi Partners, on industry research, deal sourcing and due diligence. Ms. Li received her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, MSEE from the Univ. of Southern California, and an BA from Tsinghua University.

David Townes

Telephone: (212) 705-0296

David Townes co-founded Needham & Company in 1985. Having completed well over 100 IPO, Follow-on and M&A transactions at the Firm, David has been responsible for many of the Firm’s clients in semiconductors, semiconductor and electronics capital equipment, automation, engineering software, business services databases and software, high-frequency electronics, high-performance computing, terrestrial and space communications, advanced materials, lasers, photonics, photovoltaics, energy efficiency, display and imaging technologies, data storage technology, test and measurement equipment, medical devices, and a range of other technologies. Previously, he had been with Lehman Brothers for 13 years, working primarily with clients in the technology sector, but also in a wide range of other industries. He has an academic background in physics, economics, law and finance. He attended Oberlin College, University College, Oxford, Harvard Law School and NYU Business School.

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